Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption

Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption

Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption

Where the Wind Leads: A Refugee Family's Miraculous Story of Loss, Rescue, and Redemption


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The remarkable first-hand account of Vinh Chung, a Vietnamese refugee, and his family’s daring escape from communist oppression for the chance of a better life in America. Discover a story of personal sacrifice, redemption, endurance against almost insurmountable odds, and what it truly means to be American.

Vinh Chung was born in South Vietnam, just eight months after it fell to the communists in 1975. His family was wealthy, controlling a rice-milling empire worth millions; but within months of the communist takeover, the Chungs lost everything and were reduced to abject poverty. Knowing that their children would have no future under the new government, the Chungs decided to flee the country. In 1979, they joined the legendary “boat people” and sailed into the South China Sea, despite knowing that an estimated two hundred thousand of their countrymen had already perished at the hands of brutal pirates and violent seas.

Where the Wind Leads follows Vinh Chung and his family on their desperate journey from pre-war Vietnam. Vinh shares:

  • The family’s perilous journey through pirate attacks on a lawless sea
  • Their miraculous rescue and a new home in the unlikely town of Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Vinh’s struggled against poverty, discrimination, and a bewildering language barrier
  • His graduation from Harvard Medical School

Where the Wind Leads is Vinh’s tribute to the courage and sacrifice of his parents, a testimony to his family’s faith, and a reminder to people everywhere that the American dream, while still possible, carries with it a greater responsibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718037499
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 161,952
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Vinh Chung graduated Harvard magna cum laude with a BA in biology and attended Harvard Medical School for his MD. Dr. Chung also studied at the University of Sydney as a Fulbright Scholar and completed a masters of pharmaceutical sciences. He completed his dermatology residency at Emory University, where he served as chief resident. He currently serves on World Vision's National Leadership Council. Dr. Chung and his wife Leisle have three children and run a successful private practice.

Tim Downs is the author of nine novels including the Christy Award-winning PlagueMaker and the highly acclaimed series of Bug Man novels. Tim lives in North Carolina with his wife Joy. They have three grown children.

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Stearns xi

Part 1

1 The Story Begins 3

2 A World on the Edge 5

3 A Handful of Rice 13

4 Building an Empire 19

5 The Prince of Bac Lieu 27

6 Assisted Marriage 33

7 The Dragon Lady 43

8 Deception 53

9 A Nation Falls 63

10 The Farm 73

11 Gathering Storm 83

12 Why Me? 91

13 No Turning Back 99

Part 2

14 First Days at Sea 109

15 Pirates 117

16 One Man's Burden 125

17 Land at Last 133

18 Blood on the Sand 141

19 Sheltering Angels 149

20 The Beach 155

21 Betrayed 161

22 Seasweep Sets Sail 169

23 Endless Sea 175

24 The Prayer 183

25 Rescue 191

26 Singapore Bound 201

27 25 Hawkins Road 207

28 Across the Pacific 215

Part 3

29 Waking Up in America 225

30 Allied Gardens 231

31 Starting School 237

32 Grand Avenue 243

33 The Factory 249

34 The American Dream 255

35 Peer Pressures 261

36 The Restaurant 269

37 Ghosts of the Past 277

38 Flying Blind 283

39 Aiming for the Stars 291

40 Boy Meets Girl 299

41 Special Good Friend 307

42 Harvard 317

43 Love Story 325

44 Cap and Gown 333

45 Giving Back 339

Acknowledgments 349

About the Author 353

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